Limericks Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is a limerick? This lesson plan uses a fact-filled video lesson that teaches students what a limerick is, how it is formatted and provides several limerick examples. A fun activity turns students into poets.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define limerick
  • outline key elements of limericks including structure, rhyme scheme and feet

Length

1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.D

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.E

Establish and maintain a formal style.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.5

With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 6 here.)

Materials

  • An example of a limerick
  • A worksheet created using the lesson quiz from the associated video lesson, one for each student

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